Nate Oats, “I Dropped the Ball” On Pregame Introductions
The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball program has had a tumultuous month dealing with the tragic death of Jamea Harris and the circumstances involving its program. On Saturday the program once again found itself under scrutiny with its pregame introductions. The Tide's superstar Brandon Miller was introduced, as he has been all year, with what was perceived as another player patting him down for weapons.
Alabama head basketball coach Nate Oats addressed the situation after his team's dramatic win over Arkansas. On Monday, the fourth year head coach elaborated on how the situation was handled and took responsibility for the perception as the program's head coach.
"That situation's on me. We addressed this as a team. As soon as I brought it up to them, they immediately understood how it could be interpreted and we all felt awful about it," said Oats. "They explained to me that it's like when TSA checks you before you get on a plane, and now Brandon's cleared for takeoff. We as the adults in the room should have been more sensitive to how it could have been interpreted and I dropped the ball. That's it. I dropped the ball on it. We've addressed it. I can assure you it won't happen again."
The Tide plays on Wednesday night against Auburn and can win the SEC regular season championship outright with a victory. Tune into Alabama basketball on Tide100.9 FM on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. for pregame coverage.